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Sakhalin Oblast , Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Chekhov's Peak

Chekhov's Peak is a kind of mecca for those fond of mountain hiking. It's located in the southern part of the island. The regional natural monument «Chekhov's mountain highlands» is located at Susunai ridge to the north-east fr om Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and was founded in 1995. Chekhov's Peak got its name in 1946.

The tradition of climbing the peak began in 1966. It was then when a group of 20 enthusiasts decided to celebrate Lenin's birthday by climbing the mountain. Later their undertaking was supported and climbing trips were arranged every year. The most popular one was in 1970 when more than 2,500 people participated in the event at the same time.

Chekhov's Peak was climbed regularly until 1989. The tradition was forgotten for almost 10 years, and only in 1997 did a small group climb the famous peak once again.

To get to the foot of Chekhov's Peak you need to walk along the border of Yuri Gagarin Park and follow a ski track to the Santa Resort Hotel complex. Then you should walk an old road leading to the village of Lesnoye that follows the right bank of the River Rogatka. This river supplies the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk reservoir with water.  The path stretches to a total length of about 8 kilometers. This trekking itinerary requires no special training. In Soviet times, climbing Chekhov's Peak was equal to passing the GTO (Ready for Labour and Defense) test. Nowadays for a successful participation in mass climbing you can get a 3rd grade tourism certificate.

/The path fr om the foot of the mountain to its peak first goes up through a forest of fir trees, then through a bamboo growth wh ere it becomes difficult to see. Further the ascent becomes steeper, and there are scattered stones and small (up to 5 meters high) rocks. Following the steep grassy flank the path nearly reaches the ridge and goes along its south flank to the east. Skirting the Borodavka Mountain from the north and through cowberries and rhododendron thicket, the path leads north to the summit of Chekhov's Peak. Skirting the local rock peaks from the east, the path leads to the summit wh ere you can find a concrete block and a triangulation station.

In good weather the summit has a panoramic view of the Sea of Okhotsk, and a lake on the eastern shore.

The peak is climbed all year round (in winter time some extreme sports lovers climb it to slide down on a snowboard or skis). However, the majority of tourists come here from May till November because during these months there is little snow, which usually makes climbing difficult. Climbing Chekhov's Peak in winter time is not a good choice since there is a risk of avalanches.

The Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of Sakhalin Oblast



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Address: Sakhalin Oblast, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsky Administrative Okrug


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